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Fertility Drugs and Multiple Births
A look at issues involved in fertility drugs and multiple births.
# 149052 | 1,053 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2011 | US

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This paper examines the ethical issues involved in administering fertility drugs that have a high likelihood of resulting in a multiple birth. Various factors are considered in the paper that oppose this practice, such as health of the mother, her child and tremendous health care costs that children born as a result of multiple pregnancies pose to society. Counter arguments are also presented that are in favor of a woman's reproductive autonomy. The paper then touches on how this issue relates to abortion and other public policies. Additionally, the paper discusses the role and responsibility of physicians in administering fertility drugs. The paper concludes by calling for greater regulation of reproductive technology, such as fertility drugs, which would ideally be mandated by the medically profession itself, or by the U.S. Congress.


Basic Ethical and Legal Issues
First Impressions
Formal Guidelines
Single or Competing Theories
Public-Policy Implications
Normative Conclusions

From the Paper:

"Thus, it is arguable that to protect the life of the mother, to protect the lives of her future children, and also to contain the tremendous healthcare costs that children born as a result of multiple pregnancies pose to society, reproductive technology such as fertility drugs should be heavily regulated. The counterweight to this argument is that legally, women fought for decades for reproductive autonomy. Just because certain ethical decisions make someone uncomfortable, personally--such as late-term abortion or multiple pregnancies--does not mean that they should be outlawed, as the impingement upon the individual's privacy ultimately causes more harm to the social contract between government and its citizens. In fact, arguing that doctors should not have an 'opt out' option regarding abortion has been a core part of the pro-reproductive rights movement, as this limits women's access to abortion. Increasing rather than decreasing access and choice is a cornerstone of reproductive freedom."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Caplan, Arthur. "Ethics and octuplets." The Philadelphia Inquirer. February 6, 2009. June 13, 2009. http://www.philly.com/inquirer/opinion/20090206_Ethics_and_octuplets__Society_is_responsible.html
  • "Extreme multiple births carry tremendous risks." CNN. January 28, 2009. June 13, 2009. http://edition.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/01/28/octuplet.risks/index.html
  • Roan, Shari. "Multiple births, multiple risks." L.A. Times. June 25, 2007. June 13, 2009. http://articles.latimes.com/2007/jun/25/health/he-sextuplets25
  • Watkins, Thomas & Lauran Neergaard. "6 kids plus 8 babies: what was the doctor thinking?" AP Wire. MSNBC. January 28, 2009, June 13, 2009. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28939439/

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